THE SMARTEST GUY in the room just left the Prime Minister’s Office.
Gerald Butts is no longer in the building. And the man-who-might-as-well-have-been-king and former principal secretary to Justin Trudeau has quit leaving the prime minister to act on his own. This is tragic. And it won’t end well.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is now fighting a political battle on seven fronts without his closest advisor at his side:
(1) By killing the petroleum industry in The West, an entire region of the country has been alienated and needlessly impoverished.
(2) His declaration that a few thousand SNC-Lavalin jobs in Quebec are in the national interest (implying hundreds of thousands of jobs in the petroleum industry are not) just added gas to the fire of Western Alienation.
(3) Two pipelines the private sector was ready, willing, and able to complete was bungled on this prime minister’s watch. Even with the federal government as owner (think of Trans-Mountain), it’s not certain anything can be built or developed in Canada with legal wrangles and a contentious piece of Liberal legislation in play; if passed, Bill C-69, the so-called Impact Assessment Act, is a bullhorn blast to foreign investment that Canada’s natural resources sector is a no-go zone.
(4) An avowed feminist, Justin Trudeau went off-message by turfing one of his most able cabinet ministers — a woman — who had the courage to tell truth to his power.
(5) After promising to right the historical wrongs of indigenous relations in our country, the prime minister fudged on Truth & Reconciliation recommendations. And to add insult, he sullied the reputation of Jody Wilson-Raybould — an indigenous person — by calling into question the former justice minister’s integrity.
(6) Internationally, Justin Trudeau made a fool of himself and the country by naively dressing the part he imagined he was playing in India. He also misunderstood that ‘social license’ and gender rights are not a thing in China, nor can Canada tell the Chinese leadership how to go about their business. China is not amused by his ill-informed shenanigans.
(7) The prime minister doesn’t understand that business-as-usual in Quebec (corruption, graft, bribery, and so forth) doesn’t translate into a get-out-of-jail-free card for bad corporate behaviour because this-or-that Quebec-based company is in the national interest. There are two solitudes, but the French Fact in Canada doesn’t mean you get to break the law with impunity.
A REAL SHIT SHOW
With the departure of Gerald Butts, it is no longer clear who is running the Government of Canada. It certainly isn’t the prime minister.
We believe Justin Trudeau is telling the truth when he said he did not direct Jody Wilson-Raybould to do anything. It would not have been his place as an actor to do so. We think the director of this shit show coming out of Ottawa is the guy that just exited stage left — Gerald Butts.
As an impresario, Mr. Butts seemingly went out of his way, last week, to annoy Albertans…
…as if he was trying to get himself fired. But when that bizarre tweet didn’t do the trick, he resigned, and left the PMO with a season cliff-hanger to ponder.
Justin Trudeau’s performance is no longer a thing to behold. His act — a dog & pony show that offends nobody and everybody at the same time — will soon be box office poison. It’s time he took a cue from his director and walked off the political stage (and unlike his father before him, stay out of the limelight).
Canada doesn’t need to be a wrestling match. We don’t require spectacle. We need leadership not narcissism.
Justin Trudeau is killing the country in the belief he’s a global contender — a champion of the world — to save the planet. And because it’s 2019, he needs to leave the ring with his liberal nonsense before anyone else gets hurt.
We’ll have more to say in a week or so…